The first known case of a mature tree dying due to myrtle rust has been observed on the East Cape.
Warmer winters means myrtle rust is more active over the winter months, leading to an increased threat for Myrtaceae species.
After a year of interruptions by COVID-19 lockdowns, researchers from the Beyond Myrtle Rust Programme are embarking on the first fieldwork season of 2021.
Data from around the world will help to protect Aotearoa’s borders from further invasions.
Results from a nationwide analysis of pest control in sanctuaries have provided some important insight.